Linda Atkinson is a visual artist and native of Roanoke. She lived for 13 years in California, teaching sculpture and women's studies at the University of California/Santa Cruz. Returning to Southwestern Virginia, she taught studio art as a visiting lecturer for Hollins University, Radford University and Roanoke College, where she was also gallery director and curator of the Olin Hall Galleries for 11 years. In addition to studio art, Linda taught art history for 21 years at Virginia Western Community College. In 2012, Linda completed the American Society of Appraisers Certificate Program at Purchase College, State University of New York, and is a fine art appraiser in addition to maintaining a working sculpture studio.
“I believe that the artist is an envoy of the human spirit who’s job it is to re-establish the enchanted dimensions at the core of the human experience. I want the objects to have weight and presence, to provoke curiosity, to be multifaceted, to be interesting and humorous, profound, and to have heart.”
Linda is also represented by the Zenith Gallery in Washington D.C.